UP-DOWN DRILL WEEK 5
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UP-DOWN DRILL WEEK 5
Now that the Up-Down Drill is back in the newspaper, you shouldn't have to wait to see it in print. Here's the ups and downs -- mostly downs for the Eagles -- from Washington's 23-17 win today at the Linc.
The head coach said this 2-3 start is his responsibility. It’s his fault, too.
The Redskins’ rookie head coach has his team flying high with four straight wins since an opening-night loss to the New York Giants.
He might be the best quarterback in the NFC East.
He might be the fourth best quarterback in the NFC East.
He returned from an ankle injury, but he was the second best running back on the field and suffered a rib contusion.
The Redskins’ star running back dispelled the notion that you can’t run against the Eagles.
Another 50-yarder, another miss.
Meanwhile, the Redskins’ kicker connected on three field goals from beyond 40 yards, including a 50-yarder just before halftime.
Westbrook returned to the field and Buckhalter returned to the bench. He carried the football just twice the entire game.
When was the last time the Eagles had a rookie this good? The answer may be never, but for some reason the ball was rarely thrown to him after his electrifying punt return put the Eagles up 14-0 in the first quarter.
ANTWAAN RANDLE EL
His career passing stats are 19-for-23 for 264 yards and four touchdowns and that includes the 18-yard TD he threw to Chris Cooley today.
Another tight end has a big day against the Eagles. In fact, Cooley, with eight catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, did even more damage that
The Eagles went to him twice early in the game, then just once the rest of the game.
The Eagles’ linebacker lost coverage on Cooley more than once, including on the touchdown pass from Randle El that put the Redskins ahead in the third quarter.
The Eagles’ defensive end said during the practice week that Redskins offensive tackle Chris Samuels is the best in the business. Cole did nothing to disprove his own theory.
The linebacker’s costly penalty at the end of a Randle El punt return gave the Redskins the ball at the Eagles’ 42 and